AN activist group has announced a protest against violence aimed at the diverse LGBTI Newtown community after the vicious bashing of Isaac Keatinge.

Mr Keatinge was attacked by a group of heterosexual men for wearing make up and a dress last Saturday night while walking through Newtown.

“It’s not the first time, just the worst time. I’ve been surrounded and pushed by groups of straight men before, so I didn’t expect it to escalate so quickly,” Mr Keatinge said.

Reclaim the Streets spokesperson James Loch described the attack on Mr Keatinge as shocking, but said it was not an isolated incident.

He blamed the displacement of the Kings Cross crowd, as a result of the lockouts, as one of the causes of the increase in violence.

“These are our friends, our adopted families who are being harassed, bullied, intimidated, and beaten,” Mr Loch said.


Isaac Keatinge was bashed in Newtown for wearing a dress. Picture:

“We all came to Newtown to avoid that kind of bullshit, but thanks to Casino Mike it has followed us here.”

Organisers are asking protesters to “get weird” and “wear something, or do something out of the ordinary”.

“This protest is a giant fuck you to anyone who has ever tried to make you fit in,” Mr Loch said.

The Keep Newtown Weird protest will meet in Victoria Park at 3pm on Saturday, April 23, before heading down King Street.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

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